Weir welcomes £19.6million new build for St Joseph’s High School Crossmaglen

Date published: 19 August 2020

Education Minister Peter Weir has attended a sod cutting ceremony to mark a new school build for St Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen.

Sod cutting at St Joseph's HS, Crossmaglen with (ltr) Education Minister Peter Weir, Archbishop Eamon Martin and School Principal Marie Millar

The project represents an investment of £19.6 million by the Department of Education.

Speaking at the event the Minister said: “I welcome this £19.6m investment which represents a significant milestone for St Joseph’s High School. Once completed this new school will provide much needed education benefits for pupils, staff, teachers, parents and for the wider community.

The construction project will see the completion of a new school building, sports facilities, car parking, and bus set down areas.

The Minister continued: “Ongoing investment in our schools estate is essential if we are to continue to provide a high quality education for all our young people. As well as the investment in our schools estate it also helps the local economy and secures construction jobs.

“Schools are very much the hub of any community and this major investment will create many positive outcomes.

Acknowledging the work of the school and its stakeholders in bringing the project to this stage the Minister concluded: “I would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their hard work and commitment in getting this project to this stage.

“I wish you every success as you embark on this new chapter for your school and I look forward to returning, in the not too distant future, to see the new school building standing on this site.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. The new build scheme was first announced in June 2014.
  2. Hamilton Architects are the Integrated Consultant Team on the project O’Hare & McGovern were appointed to carry out the main building works which are due to complete in summer 2022.
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